2014 Guardian Fund Victories
Dr. Ralph Abraham, LA-5
Dr. Ralph Abraham, running for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, has spent his life serving his country both in, and out of uniform. Dr. Abraham served as a 1st Lieutenant, Co C 2/20th Special Forces from April 1986 – June 1989. He continues to be involved with the military by serving as a Mission Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and an Aircraft Commander with the U.S. Coast Guard.
He believes so strongly that public service is a privilege, vowing that if elected, he will donate his salary to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veterans Independence Foundation. For more information on Dr. Abraham and his race, please visit his website: www.ralphabraham.com
Dr. Babin served as an airborne artilleryman in the U.S. Army Reserve and in the Texas Army National Guard and held various jobs to put himself through school including: merchant seaman, janitor, musician, and U.S. Post Office letter carrier. Following his graduation from dental school, he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed overseas.
Since 1999, Dr. Babin has served on the Lower Neches Valley Authority, appointed by then-Gov. Bush and reappointed by Gov. Perry. He has also previously served on the Texas State Historical Commission and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. In addition, he has served on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments
Tony is the son of a career Airman. After high school, Tony joined the Navy where he worked in communications and law enforcement. He was honorably discharged after completing his duty of pre-commissioning and commissioning the USS Carl Vinson, at that time America’s latest and greatest aircraft carrier.
Returning home, Tony worked for the Nebraska Department of Corrections for almost
six years while pursuing credentials in ministerial studies. Simultaneously, Tony opened a martial arts school. Affiliated with World Bible Way Fellowship, Inc., Tony has served as Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Leavenworth, KS since
Mike Bost, IL-12
Since 1995, Mike Bost has represented Illinois’ 115th district in the State House of Representatives.
Mike has an extensive and dedicated tradition of public service beginning with his enlistment in the US Marine Corps right after high school.. He served as an electronic specialist and radar repairman – receiving an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4 in 1982.
Mike served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department, both part and full time – steadfastly answering the call of duty to protect families by answering hundreds of emergency calls and fighting a number of fires.
Congressman Cotton represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas. A native of Dardanelle, he graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School. Cotton clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals and practiced law before joining the United States Army as an infantry officer. Congressman Cotton spent nearly five years on active duty, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning numerous decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Ranger tab. Most recently, Congressman Cotton worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. He began his first term in Congress in January 2013 and currently sits on the Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.
To support Tom Cotton, visit tomcotton.com or mail Cotton for Senate, PO Box 7504, Little Rock AR, 72217
Carlos Curbelo was born in Miami to Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s tyranny in the 1960s.
In 2002, just months out of college, Carlos founded Capitol Gains, a public and media relations firm that has done work for South Florida companies as well as state, national, and international political campaigns. In 2009, he was named State Director for U.S. Senator George Le Mieux and was responsible for overseeing staff in seven offices throughout the state and advising the Senator on Latin-American policy and Hispanic issues. In 2010, he was appointed by Florida’s Governor to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a federally mandated board tasked with prioritizing local transportation and infrastructure projects. Carlos is also the co-founder of Centre Court Charities, a non-profit organization that runs basketball leagues for high school students during the summer months.
In November of 2010, Carlos was elected to serve on the Miami Dade County School Board, the fourth largest school district in the country.
To support Carlos visit, www.carloscurbelo.com” target=”_blank”>carloscurbelo.com or mail 8770 Sunset Drive, #355, Miami, FL 33173.
Joni has served a combined 21 years in the United States Army Reserves and the Iowa Army National Guard. She spent 14 months mobilized and overseas in Kuwait from 2003-2004 as a company commander at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her unit was responsible for running logistical convoys in Kuwait and into southern Iraq. A Lieutenant Colonel, Joni currently commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Joni was elected the Montgomery County Auditor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, and elected to the Iowa State Senate in a special election in 2011 and re-elected in 2012.
Joni’s husband Gail, is a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Rangers. Joni is a member of the Montgomery County Republican Women,Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2265 (Life Member), Montgomery County Court of Honor, Altrusa, PEO Chapter HB, National Rifle Association (Lifetime Member) and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.She is a member of the Mamrelund Lutheran Church (ELCA)of Stanton, Iowa.
To support Joni Ernst, visit joniforiowa.com or mail Joni For Iowa, PO Box 93441, Des Moines, IA 50393
Will served for almost a decade as an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, he worked at the nexus of some of America’s most important national security issues leading intelligence operations on counterterrorism, cyber security and other critical threats. The majority of his career was spent overseas in South Asia and the Middle East where his primary mission was the recruitment of foreign assets, collection and dissemination of intelligence in support of the President and senior government policymaker’s national security decision making.
Since June 2010, Will has been a Senior Advisor with the cybersecurity firm FusionX, which he joined following a decade of federal service and a run for public office in Texas. As a member of the FusionX team Will helps tackle a wide range of complex cybersecurity challenges facing large manufacturers, financial institutions, major retailers and critical infrastructure providers.
Additionally, from 2010 to 2013, Will was a partner with a strategic advisory firm, Crumpton Group LLC, where he provided leadership across the full range of Crumpton Group’s service offerings-helping companies capture opportunities in international markets while managing risks to their physical assets, intellectual property and human resources.
Will graduated in May 2000 from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. While at A&M, he served as the President of the Student Union and was elected Student Body President.
To support Will Hurd, visit hurdforcongress.com or mail Hurd for Congress, P.O. Box 761029, San Antonio, TX 78245
A Southern California native, Steve Knight attended Palmdale High School where his dedication to the community and calling to serve began. After graduation, Knight joined the U.S. Army completing his training in Fort Knox, Kentucky and was later stationed in Friedberg, Germany. After completing his military service, Knight became a Police Officer with the City of Los Angeles, where he served on the front lines for over 18 years.
Knight was elected to the State Assembly in 2008, succeeding Sharon Runner, who stepped down under term limits. As a Member of the Assembly, Knight served on the Committees for Local Government, Utilities and Commerce, Rules, and was Vice Chair on both the Natural Resources and Public Safety Committees.
Barry Loudermilk served in the United States Air Force from 1984 until 1992 during the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He received numerous awards and decorations for his exemplary service, including two Force Commendation Medals, one Air Force Achievement Medal, and the United States National Defense Service Medal.
Barry was first elected in 2004, as a state representative to Georgia’s 14th State House District and in 2010 was elected to serve in the Georgia State Senate.
He continues to serve his country and state as an active officer in the Civil Air Patrol, where he has attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, and is a volunteer search and rescue pilot with the Rome squadron.
To support Barry Loudermilk, visit loudermilkforcongress.com or mail Loudermilk for Congress, PO Box 447 Cassville, GA 30123.
Mia Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a city of nearly 20,000 residents and one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States. Mayor Love was born to Haitian immigrant parents, who fled the oppression and socialism of their island nation. Her parents worked multiple, often menial jobs in order to give their daughter a better life and the opportunity to live the American Dream. Mayor Love is also a wife and the mother of three beautiful children. When not fighting over-reaching government bureaucracy, she is an avid runner, tread trainer and accomplished singer and dancer.
To support Mia Love, visit love4utah.com or mail Friends of Mia Love, PO Box 255, Riverton, UT 84065
Josh Mandel is the 48th Treasurer of the State of Ohio and the youngest State Treasurer in the nation. As Treasurer of Ohio, Josh has earned the highest possible rating from Standard & Poor’s for the $3 billion local government investment fund he manages, and the highest possible rating from Fitch for the state’s short-term General Obligation bonds.
Treasurer Mandel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2000, where he graduated
first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps career spanned eight years, including two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq. During both tours he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for “superior performance of his duties.”
Martha McSally, AZ-2
Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. In 2001-2002, Martha McSally earned national recognition for successfully overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia. She has extensive education and experience in national and international security, public policy, and transformational leadership.
Colonel McSally is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and earned her first Masters Degree, in Public Policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She earned a second Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College, where she graduated #1 in her class out of 260 senior military leaders.
After her military service, Martha served as a Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany where she taught and mentored senior government officials from all over the world in international and national security issues.
To support Martha McSally, visit www.mcsallyforcongress.com or write to McSally for Congress, P.O. Box 19128 Tucson, AZ 85731
Deb was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, and was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of her ROTC class. She earned a Master’s in Management from Webster University. During her 20-year Air Force career, Deb served as a Logistics Plans Officer and an Information Manager. After retiring from the Air Force, Deb was elected President of the Republican Women of St Mary’s in 2010 and president of the Republican Club of St Mary’s in 2012. She was also Protocol Chair and Southern Region Chair for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, and was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Following his degree from UW-Oshkosh, Roger not only continued to lead the family construction business building homes across Northeastern Wisconsin but also joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He served four tours in the Middle East, including a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2006, Roger was elected to represent the 56th Assembly District and was an outspoken champion of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and a reduction of out of control state spending.
Army Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Steve Russell deployed operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He led troops at every level from platoon to a combat task force of a thousand soldiers with his unit earning the Valorous Unit Award for its role in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein.
After retiring from the Army, Steve served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 2008-12 where he authored landmark legislation that provided full state tax exemption to Oklahoma’s serving soldiers, advanced and strengthened the 2nd Amendment, fought human trafficking and created adoption reform.
In 2012, Steve chose not to run for reelection to create his small rifle manufacturing business, Two Rivers Arms, and to promote his book “We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein,” a work which has drawn critical praise from the New York Journal of Books and the Wall Street Journal.
To support Steve Russell, visit www.steverussellforcongress.com or mail Steve Russell for Congress, 4817 N. May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73112
From December 2010 to September 2013, Dan served as Alaska’s Commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition to leading the 1,100 professionals at DNR, Dan was responsible for managing one of the largest portfolios of oil, gas, renewable energy, minerals, timber, land, and water in the world, as well as overseeing regulatory activities on approximately 160 million acres of state land and 40,000 miles of coastline.
From June 2009 to December 2010, Dan served as Alaska’s Attorney General, where he led the 500 professionals of the Alaska Department of Law. As Attorney General, Dan’s priority was protecting Alaskans, their physical safety, financial well-being, and individual rights – particularly Alaska’s most vulnerable. His primary focus was on ending Alaska’s epidemic levels of sexual assault and domestic violence through the development, launch, and implementation of the “Choose Respect” campaign.
Dan is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He has served in the Marines since 1993 on active duty and in the reserves as a Marine infantry and reconnaissance officer. He is currently the Commanding Officer of 6th ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company), Marine Forces Reserve. Dan has been recalled to active duty three times: From December 2004 – April 2006, again in early 2009, and for a six-week tour in Afghanistan in July 2013 Sullivan is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
To support Dan Sullivan, visit www.sullivan2014.com or mail Sullivan for Senate, 3705 Arctic Boulevard, #447, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Jill Upson is an inspirational member of the community, mother of one son, and a military wife.
Jill won the endorsement of GOPAC, a national organization devoted to educating and electing Republican leaders and was named as one of BET’s “Top 10 Republicans to Watch.”
At the age of 23, Lee Zeldin became New York’s youngest attorney.
Lee spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army and served in different capacities including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Federal Prosecutor and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2007, Lee transitioned from active duty to the Army Reserves, where he currently serves with the rank of Major. He then established a successful law practice in 2008 and was elected to the State Senate two years later.
Senator Zeldin successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers. Lee successfully repealed the Saltwater fishing License Fee and secured funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He sponsored legislation to enact the nation’s strongest property tax cap and also helped reduce middle income tax rates to the lowest level in 60 years. Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.
To support Lee Zeldin, visit zeldinforcongress.com or mail Zeldin for Congress, PO Box 610, Shirley, NY 11967.
Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and was assigned to SEAL Team ONE where he led counter-insurgency and contingency operations in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific theater of operations.
From 1990-93 and again from 1996-99, he was selected to SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations Officer in support of National Command Authority missions.
Ryan then served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe and led the first exercise between former Soviet Special Forces and NSW forces, and served as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo.
In 2004, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq in the conduct of 360 combat patrols, 48 Direct Action missions, and hundreds of sensitive operations. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat.
Ryan’s final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as “Dean” of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school with a staff of over 250 educators at 15 different locations world-wide. He retired from active duty in 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL.
In 2008, Ryan was elected to the Montana State Senate and chaired the Senate Education Committee and served on the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.
Ryan is CEO of a consulting firm that specializes in advanced technology in the industries of aerospace, oil and gas, and national security. He is a Disabled Veteran and holds a Masters in Business Finance and a Masters in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.
To support Ryan Zinke, visit ryanzinke.com or mail Zinke for Congress, P.O. Box 1596 Helena, MT 59624.